Savory, tangy and perfectly creamy, bagel dip is an underrated heavy hitter of the dip world. Pieces of high-quality dried beef mix together seamlessly with sour cream, mayo and herbs to create a delectable dip for any occasion.
It comes together in minutes, then goes for a long rest in the fridge, so it’s an excellent low-effort-high-reward brunch appetizer that you’ll come back to again and again!
Bagel dip is traditionally served with pieces of plain or everything bagels, but is also excellent with chips, crunchy vegetables, french fries, and even on sandwiches. Whether you’re hosting a last-minute weekend brunch, organizing a birthday party, or having a potluck-style gathering, it’s perfect for any event that calls for a dip.
The secret to making the flavors of this dip sing is letting it sit overnight in the fridge before serving. The long rest will allow all of the flavors to meld and will slightly soften the beef, resulting in a nuanced, beautifully textured and utterly addicting dip.
Try to stick to high-quality dried beef that focuses on the flavor of the meat, such as beef salami, corned beef, pastrami, or bresaola. While black pepper or herb-crusted cured beef taste amazing, their intense spices will compete with the more delicate flavors in the dip and throw it off balance.
What You Need to Make Bagel Dip
Bagel dip comes together with a handful of pantry herbs, sour cream, mayo and a dried beef of your choosing. If you can’t find high-quality dried beef, any high-quality bacon, prosciutto or pancetta can be used as an alternative.
This recipe calls for finely diced yellow onion, but spring onions or onion powder can easily be used in its place.
- Sour Cream
- Dried Parsley
- Dried Dill
- Dried Beef (corned beef, pastrami, bresaola, beef salami, etc)
- Garlic Powder
- Yellow Onion
- Bagels for Serving
How To Make Bagel Dip
In a medium-sized bowl, combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, parsley, dill, salt, garlic powder and minced onion and whisk until smooth and homogenous.
Add the dried beef to the bowl and gently fold it in until evenly distributed.
Cover the bowl and let the dip rest in the fridge overnight.
Remove the dip from the fridge 15-20 minutes before serving and adjust for salt if needed. Serve with bagels cut into bite-sized pieces and enjoy!
How long does bagel dip last?
Bagel dip lasts for 2-3 days in the fridge. Though it’s meant to be made ahead, it’s best to consume it within 24 hours.
Is bagel dip the same as the “everything but the bagel dip” from Trader Joe’s?
No. Trader Joe’s “Everything but the Bagel Dip” is incredibly delicious, but it’s not the same as bagel dip. Bagel Dip uses a different set of spices, includes dried beef, and is texturally different due to the inclusion of mayonnaise.
Can I use fresh herbs in place of dried?
Yes! Fresh herbs are great in dips but have a more subtle flavor than their dried counterparts. If you’re using fresh herbs, make sure to double the quantity called for in the recipe.
- 1 ½ cups sour cream
- ¾ cup mayonnaise
- 4 oz dried beef chopped
- 1 small to medium yellow onion finely chopped
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 1 ½ tbsp dried parsley
- 1 ½ tbsp dried dill
- 2 to 3 plain or everything bagels cut into bite-sized pieces
- In a medium sized bowl mix together the sour cream, mayonnaise, chopped onion, salt, garlic powder, dried parsley and dried dill and whisk until smooth and homogenous.
- Gently fold in the dried beef until evenly distributed.
- Cover the bowl and let the dip rest in the fridge overnight.
- Remove the dip from the fridge 15-20 minutes before serving and adjust for salt if necessary.
- Serve with bagels cut into bite sized pieces and enjoy!
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